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I got the Ceramic type braces. I got them because i have an overbite and a couple out of place teeth. I went in there thinking everything was going to go smoothly, but failed to pay attention to the people saying that they hurt like hell! Hopefully it will get better soon though.

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It takes about three days for them to settle in. Yes they hurt, and let me tell you when the tighten them its bad too, but its not going to be long until you don't feelthem at all. You will get mouth ulcers in the next few days. They suck. Mine are off in a few months.
 

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When I first got mine on, the pain didn't go away for a couple weeks. Don't worry though, it'll suck now, but the results are well worth it! I had to wait almost two years to get mine off, but you'll be glad you had them...
 

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I had braces for 4 years...back in...well we don't need to know how old I've gotten..lol
I couldn't eat anything for about two days after each tightnening.
Best Of Luck!
 

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Oh, you poor guy. I got mine off a month ago. I had braces for about 3 years, and my teeth were REALLY crooked (one of my front teeth were in the middle instead of being symmetrical). It took me at least a week to even eat anything besides rice & soup and soggy cereal. But yeah, it only gets better from there; just don't fall on your face or get into any fights. ;p
 

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One of my friends who had braces took a basketball to the mouth one time. He had to peel the inside of his lips out of all the metal...

Well, good luck!
 

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I had braces for about four years as a teenager. Got them off, had wires bonded for another two years, then they took those off.

Then my teeth started to shift back.

Over the course of about 10-15 years, my lower teeth were getting quite bad again, and my dentist was getting concerned about me potentially losing bone mass in my lower jaw in front of the teeth.

So i got braces *again*.

Another 2.5 years and my teeth are nice and straight again, and my overbite is much improved. I have wires bonded to the back of my teeth again, and my orthodontist recommends keeping them on "for as long as you can tolerate it".

Considering i don't want to shell out a few grand should my teeth shift again, i think i can tolerate quite a long time of having wires on the backs of my teeth.
 

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Darren, don't you have to get retainers? I have them, and you have to wear them so that your teeth don't shift back to their original state again. After a period of wearing them for a long time, you can just switch to wearing them when you sleep. You should look into it.
 

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darren wilson said:
I had braces for about four years as a teenager. Got them off, had wires bonded for another two years, then they took those off.

Then my teeth started to shift back.

Over the course of about 10-15 years, my lower teeth were getting quite bad again, and my dentist was getting concerned about me potentially losing bone mass in my lower jaw in front of the teeth.

So i got braces *again*.

Another 2.5 years and my teeth are nice and straight again, and my overbite is much improved. I have wires bonded to the back of my teeth again, and my orthodontist recommends keeping them on "for as long as you can tolerate it".

Considering i don't want to shell out a few grand should my teeth shift again, i think i can tolerate quite a long time of having wires on the backs of my teeth.
I didn't get wires, or even a permanent retainer. I was just told to wear my retainer at night. Well, I grew out of the retainer, and my teeth have shifted already. You can't really tell, unless you spend a lot of time in my mouth, but I may get to the point where I need braces a second time as well...
 

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ZJH said:
Darren, don't you have to get retainers? I have them, and you have to wear them so that your teeth don't shift back to their original state again. After a period of wearing them for a long time, you can just switch to wearing them when you sleep. You should look into it.
Bonded wires are permanent retainers. My first orthodontist never fitted me with a plate... i think he just wanted to get rid of me. My new orthodontist did give me a plate that i was to mainly wear at night, but again, the permanent wires were there, and i couldn't stand wearing the plate.
 

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Oh yea, i forgot to ask...does Green(or black)Tea stain? Because since i have ceramic braces the brackets can stain and i was told not to drink coffee or eat curry. So i was curious as of Tea, because it's what wakes me up every morning(and i love the taste) : )
 

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I was born without 75% of my adult teeth. That means 75% of my teeth are still baby teeth. Eating anything crunchy hurts badly, as my baby teeth are really worn down (I'm 18 years old). I've had braces since 7th grade, and I just graduated from high school this year. Needless to say, I can feel your pain :). I am still going to have braces for another year or two before I get implants (read: a lot of implants). It sucks having a crappy smile, but I've learned to live iwth it and accept it. Just keep a positive attitude, and they'll be off before you know it. Cheers!
 

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Jeff said:
I was born without 75% of my adult teeth. That means 75% of my teeth are still baby teeth. Eating anything crunchy hurts badly, as my baby teeth are really worn down (I'm 18 years old). I've had braces since 7th grade, and I just graduated from high school this year. Needless to say, I can feel your pain :). I am still going to have braces for another year or two before I get implants (read: a lot of implants). It sucks having a crappy smile, but I've learned to live iwth it and accept it. Just keep a positive attitude, and they'll be off before you know it. Cheers!
How did you happen to be born without 75% of your adult teeth?
 

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I really don't know man. Nobody in my family has had the problem of missing teeth as far as I know, it's just how I was born. :D
 

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Distantshore said:
I had braces for 4 years...back in...well we don't need to know how old I've gotten..lol
I couldn't eat anything for about two days after each tightnening.
Best Of Luck!
One of my friends still has his in after 5 years. They just dont seem to be working very affectively for him. I have never had them, but any friends that have had them have all said they hurt like buggery. When they tighten them is apparantly quite bad.
 

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yeah it hurts like hell. had mine for a couple years as a teenager just to fix a slight overbite. it really hurt especially for 3 days after tightening!!! results are totally worth it. and keep taking care of your teeth! easy to forget to do but very important. i'm 33 and still have never had any cavities! good luck.
 

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Well, braces!

I just finnished a patient that's 19 years old. when I asked him if he'd had braces, he said he didn't know. How the hell can you NOT know if you've had braces?! I sure can remember when I had mine!

...which brings me to the most important thing of all concerning braces: pay extreme attention to your oral hygiene! Brush, use the small "in between the teeth" brushes (don't know a good english word for them), use dental floss and fluoride rinse. And last but not least: OBEY THY DENTIST!!!

Your friendly Jemsite dentist,

Mikael
 

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the.godfather said:
One of my friends still has his in after 5 years. They just dont seem to be working very affectively for him. I have never had them, but any friends that have had them have all said they hurt like buggery. When they tighten them is apparantly quite bad.
After my 4 years of braces, and 6 months of a retainer, I still had a bad overbite (although all my teeth were alligned) so I had to have jaw surgery and have my mouth wired shut for several weeks. Four course meals in a blender...love it.
Of course prior to all this I had to have 8 teeth pulled do to overcrowding...beleive it or not I think that was worse than the braces and the surgery. I do however get compliments to this day on my smile, so in the end it was worth it!
 
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